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North By Northwest: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Soundtrack
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As a collector, it's true, this is the CD to buy, it's the original, complete score, including outtakes and source music, that is, the music being played by sources like radios within the world of the movie. And the majority of it sounds great.
That said, if you're buying it, then chances are you're mainly interested in the fandango theme, one of the most unforgettable in cinema. A few people have said they don't notice the audio flaws. If that's the case, then I'm happy for them, but they probably don't know the music that well, because if you're at all familiar with it, you'll notice whole instruments faded almost to nothing. These tracks sound like they're on a radio halfway between stations.
Don't despair, however, because there is a solution. The DVD of the film includes an isolated score of the film. I don't know what source they used for the DVD, which was made in 2000, but it was clearly unavailable to the makers of this CD in 1995. The tracks which are flawed on the CD sound pristine on the DVD, as if recorded yesterday. If you want to hear the fandango theme in all its sonic glory, pick up the DVD, it's actually cheaper than the album anyway.Read more ›
This CD version has some sonic limitations; the master tapes were in such bad shape they could be played only one last time. Fortunately, some cleaning up and restoration was possible, and the result sounds as good as anyone has a right to expect from such badly deteriorated source material- in fact, quite a bit better. What few glitches remain should serve as a warning to movie mavens everywhere; if we don't demand- long, loud and often- that studios take care of our movie heritage, it is GONNA disappear.
If you want to hear "North by Northwest's" score in as close to first-day condition as possible, this is the CD to have.Read more ›
This CD is a classic release, and sets a standard which many will yearn to follow. One day, in the ordinary cycle of life, we will have a great film composer who will compose works to rival the best of John Barry, Henry Mancini and John Williams. When asked for their inspiration, he or she will probably reply, "I heard the original version of 'North by Northwest', and I knew then that I wanted to write music like that." Nothing more needs to be said.
I was a bit unsure about buying this one because some of the other reviews seemed to hint that this recording was flawed, imperfect, or otherwise bad. It's not at all. DON'T get the re-recording - there is nothing wrong with this one, so why not have the original, better version?
I found the music much sharper and much less static than the reviews implied, and haven't heard any serious wavering, fuzziness, or anything. I recommend this very highly. If you are a fan of Hitchcock, Cary Grant, or just good music, get this. You will love it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my favorite movies, and a great sound trackThis movie and music is a "poster child" for "They don't makeem like they used to"!!.Published 14 months ago by Dale A. Darrough
North By Northwest: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is one of the great Bernard Herrmann musical scores. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Joker
Takes you right back to being on that cross-country chase with Rodger Thornhill leading the way. A truly classic Hermann score that has few peers! Read morePublished 24 months ago by Randall
i love the score-- and have since i was a kid. so i don't even mind discovering the places bernard hermann dug when he needed help. Read morePublished on January 13, 2012 by trastevere
Alfred Hitchcock's tale of a man mistaken for a spy and pursued by killers is a fine example of a classic suspense film. Read morePublished on September 11, 2011 by Kooshmeister
After listening to this soundtrack, I felt like I just took Mr Toad's wild ride at Disneyland ! Bernard Hermann's score maintains a frenetic pace throughout the entire movie. Read morePublished on August 15, 2011 by Carl Lafong
Loved this CD. I read about the deteriorating reels & the "Finale" was the only one that I really could tell that had a couple of momentary "drops" in the music.Published on January 20, 2011 by Trumpy
An outstanding reproduction of the soundtrack for North by Northwest. Bernard Hermann did a masterful job of writing the music for this movie. Read morePublished on April 6, 2009 by Keith J. Trawick